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#TeacherTuesday- My Little Free Library and Poshmark Platform Unite!

Dear friends! It is day 56 of Quarantine for us over here in sunny San Diego. I recently became a Free Little Library owner in December, and have been happily collecting books for my library.

In addition to plumping up my own stock, I thoroughly enjoy restocking the other libraries in my community. There are a few popular libraries that are underserved, always emptied and sad before I arrive.

One of the most beautiful observations that I have had with this pandemic is that all of our community libraries are FULL! I truly believe that the community is using their libraries, as I am noticing constant movement and rearranging in my own library, and 2 others that I frequently steward. Yay! And so, I have had an excess of 100 books to donate, sitting in my home.

Let’s segway here, as I remind you all that I am a Poshmark Ambassador! I have been running a cute little online shop for over 5 years now. There are tons of acronyms for poshers and online shoppers alike; are you privy to FWP? Free with Purchase Items are one of my favorite things to offer in my shop. Things that aren’t quite profitable enough to sell, things that are used, damaged, or need a new home. You see, the Poshmark shopper pays for 5lbs of shipping costs NO MATTER WHAT. So, when you buy an Anthropologie polka-dot dress from my closet for $14, you pay $6.99 for 5lbs of Priority Mail. Why not add a few things?!

I want Poshers to be curious about reading! And boy, are the Nicholas Sparks books a hit! It has been so fun to see shoppers buy a trinket for themselves, like Nike running shorts, and add a copy of my favorite book to their order for free.

I think I may be the first person to have a FREE LITTLE LIBRARY in my Poshmark shop! I am deeply inspired to share and would love if anyone wanted to replicate something similar in their own shop.

Are you a Poshmark Seller? This is for you!

There are 2 ways to list FWP items. You can:

-List the item as $3 and instruct the buyer to deduct the price from their offer (in the comments section)

-List as 0 dollars (but then is marked as not for sale, and the customer as to personally reach out to see if the book is available still.

I opted for the first option, in bold! (Items cannot be listed as less than $3 in Poshmark due to the $2.95 seller fee)

Happy Poshing!

Find me https://poshmark.com/closet/kellicorder 🙂

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How’s my Free Lil Library Doing During the Quarantine – #FreeLittleLibraryFriday

Enjoy a few photo updates of our lil library! She is doing great, holding up well during this soggy San Diego weather and well-trafficked and received by our neighbors. I haven’t been going out of the house much, and knew I needed to go on a quick walk with the family to check out the library. I miss long distance walks and chatting with my grandma at the corner, but am honored and humbled to withhold my civic duty of #stayinghome and enjoying the perks of Quarantine life.

Here is a hyperlink to my library’s induction ceremony earlier this year. I am so glad we hosted this February 23rd, before honoring social distance. It has been a great escape, fond memory, and humbling tool to offer my community. San Diego Public Libraries are closed, but our lil doors are open! I am excited to make a photo ‘coffee table book’ of the slowly changing insides.

Today, I left two books and took two books! One of the lovely perks of having your own library to check on is the ample books you get to choose from day to day. Perhaps you have taken a book from my library, and it brought you to this page! Welcome! You can click here to read more about my bookmarks, stewardess mission and collective that I own with my husband and really cute pupper, Pinecone.

Reading has been such a healing part of my life, and I have been having a hard time focusing and carving time out for me to jump into a new book. I will never take a good book for granted! What are you reading these days? More time to read and more time to worry; aren’t we all just doing our best…

Have a great day OMies, and do try to stretch while sitting at your desk today! Chair yoga for the win- I included a link below if you need a familiar face to guide you through it.

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Doing it all on Ione – #FreeLittleLibraryFriday

Ione Washington

A completely upcycled and suspended free library in Ione, Washington

This week’s Free Little Library feature has been sent to me by a dear friend here in San Diego! Her and her husband own a property in Ione, WA, and decided to install a library using materials that they already have.

I absolutely love that this is attached to a tree stump, suspended, and made with repurposed scraps and wood! It is efficiently water-proofed, well thought out, and unique. And so, I feature her here! Thanks for joining me, as this is my first feature of a library outside of California. Bonus points- it has three shelves! This allows space for some serious reading material, and I am a fan.

Cute!

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Stewardess Refill #2 – Free Little Library Fridays

The only books inside of the library when I arrived. These 3 were NOT in the library when I first stocked its shelves a week ago, meaning that people are truly participating the mantra, take a book, leave a book!
Thank you, Sabrina, for the 100+ book donation! I am thrilled to share these books with the community, and to have kept a few for myself (for now!!!)
My second stewardess refill at this library!

Greeting, family!

On this week’s free little library feature, I decided to revisit a library in my neighborhood that is well underserved.

With the most foot traffic of all of the free little libraries around, I have made it a priority to stop by this location about once a week. Thank you, everyone, who continues to donate books to my favorite cause, as this does not go unnoticed.

With two trips to the car and a smile on my face, I continued to refill this library. I have noticed that this library does splendid in the rain, is energetically magnetic, and I am looking forward to stopping by again today or tomorrow, as I have truck-load of refills for this prettylilthang.

Want to read about my first refill at this sacred station? Click here.

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Stumped- This Week’s #FreeLittleLibraryFriday

IMG_6406This week’s featured Free Little Library Friday is pulled from my 2017 nannying archive. As I logged 3-5 daily miles nannying a newborn in South Park, I was gifted with the pleasure of ample libraries. Gorgeous, frequent, well-stocked libraries! I love this area of San Diego.

I took- The Poisonwood Bible 

I love that the library is attached to a stump! Hello, cactus friend. This library faces the sidewalk, not the street. Taking notes, friends!

Happy Reading ❤

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Seva for my Alma Mater – #WellReadWednesday

Last week, I had the pleasure of installing a classroom Free Little Library to my high school Alma Mater!
As a stewardess of libraries, I have been avidly collecting books from friends and family so that I can stop, drop, and SEVA. I love visiting these libraries, and now I am able to refill them when needed. My high school English teacher knew of my efforts with our own Free Little Library (link to post here), and we concluded that her classroom absolutely needed a full shelf of books!(Picture of the bookshelf BEFORE)(Picture of the bookshelf after!)

Seva is a Sanskrit word that describes the act of selfless service. Its meaning is said to be embodied by the root words saha, meaning “with that,” and eva, meaning “too,” which together mean “together with.” (taken from yogapedia.com)

Meet my favorite high school English teacher! 🙂 In each of her classes, she reserves time, every time, for independent reading! Out of books and looking to enrich the high schoolers, she has been actively encouraging the students to bring their own books from home and keep them on the classroom shelf for sharing and availability.

Meanwhile, I have been collecting books like a banshee! All of my friends, family and coworkers have been so supportive of our Corder Collective efforts to be stewards of access. With two rolling suitcases and a pep in my step, these two teachers had a great time filling shelves with books. As we looked through the pages of the magical books that were donated to this effort, we crooned when we found a book from her own class 15 years ago. Inside of the cover of Great Expectations was scrawled, Mrs. Favela’s 9th Grade English. These universe winks remind us that we are exactly where we need to be!Book cover painted by a student. I am so inspired! Thank you for the ideas that came from seeing such magnificent, one of a kind art.

I am still avidly collecting books and need to refill 3 this week! If you live in the San Diego effort and are moved by our efforts, email me for a book drop-off: cordercollective@yahoo.com

Keep reading!

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Stewardess Refill- #FreeLittleLibraryFridays

On this week’s very special feature, I am pleased to introduce the COMMUNITY MINI LIBRARY  of Clairemont! Located in an extremely public place (on a corner of a busy intersection, near a church, bus stop, and apartment complex), this library is one of the most accessible here in San Diego.

Unregistered, you can tell this cute little punk rocker was made with love by a cOMmunity of like-minded people.I love the apple knob! Are you kidding me? Heart eyes. There were only 2 books in this library when we met one another. I immediately refilled, and inbetween trips to the car, someone came and took the Insurgent series! I was happy to offload so many books and completely restock this library.

Update: 4 days later, library has half of its books remaining. I am honored to serve, community! I just know they are going to the right place. Most of the libraries I visit get little foot traffic and books will stay put inside for months at a time. I don’t take it personally, but my very own gets about 1 hit a week! This library, in comparison, will need weekly filling. I am honored to serve as a secret stewardess. Peep the pineapple in the background, a good omen indeed!

In case you need a little chair yoga and want to flow with me…

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Free Little Library Fridays!

Long before I was a stewardess of my own Free Little Library, I was an avid seeker of FLLs across the Pacific Northwest and San Diego! I have a phenomenal collection of photos of libraries and wanted to share some of my….inventory. I named this first one, LEND me your EAR, due to the EAR knob. My bestie and I discovered both libraries shown on a hike in San Diego as we passed through residential areas. One hike was near Solana Beach, and the other in good ole North Park. I will always stop, drop and FLL if I see one! They bring me such joy, and I keep ample books in my backseat in the true spirit of: TAKE A BOOK, LEAVE A BOOK (if you can and are able!!!) (Photos from June 2017)